hemlock

noun
hem·​lock | \ ˈhem-ˌläk How to pronounce hemlock (audio) \

Definition of hemlock

1a : any of several poisonous herbs (such as a poison hemlock or a water hemlock) of the carrot family having finely cut leaves and small white flowers
b : a drug or lethal drink prepared from the poison hemlock
2 : any of a genus (Tsuga) of evergreen coniferous trees of the pine family also : the soft light splintery wood of a hemlock

Examples of hemlock in a Sentence

Socrates died after drinking hemlock.

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Some other suitable plants include arborvitae, hemlock, holly and rosemary. Washington Post, "Topiary tips: When you want shrubs to double as sculpture," 30 July 2019 Jones and Rosenberg-Jones say the cabin perched in an ancient hemlock grove has fallen into disrepair and could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to restore. USA TODAY, "Crystal Cathedral reborn Catholic, 'Conjuring' house, Wiki ‘editathon’: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2019 The hemlocks along the brook are old and massive and give the forest an old-growth quality. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Exploring the banks of the Bantam River under the shade of giant hemlocks," 5 July 2019 The rattle is about the size of a tambourine, with a round frame of hemlock wood. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "After the Russians came to the Alutiiq region, the dance rattles went silent. A Kodiak artist has changed that.," 30 June 2019 The part of the article that caught my attention was a warning about how similar hemlock looks to the edible Queen Anne’s lace. Irv Erdos, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Are the great outdoors really that great?," 30 June 2019 Elm, ash, oak, hemlock and whitebark pine are all dying in huge numbers. Julia Rosen, latimes.com, "Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering?," 25 June 2019 Among the many landmarks along Going-to-the-Sun Road are Avalanche Creek with its ancient hemlock-cedar forest, a wicked switchback called the Loop, a roadside Weeping Wall, and the overlook for big Jackson Glacier. National Geographic, "A guide to Glacier National Park," 17 Apr. 2019 In a satisfying conclusion, Mr. D’Angour pulls together his findings in a concise 15-page biography of Socrates, from his birth to the cup of hemlock, which sparkles with vivacity and does not overtax the scholarship that sets it up. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘Socrates in Love’ Review: A Vigorous, Brilliant Young Man," 17 May 2019

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First Known Use of hemlock

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hemlock

Middle English hemlok, from Old English hemlic

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hemlock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hemlock

: an evergreen tree with soft wood
: a type of poisonous plant that has small white flowers
: a deadly drug or drink made from this plant

hemlock

noun
hem·​lock | \ ˈhem-ˌläk How to pronounce hemlock (audio) \

Kids Definition of hemlock

1 : an evergreen tree related to the pine
2 : a poisonous plant with small white flowers and leaves divided into many parts

hemlock

noun
hem·​lock | \ ˈhem-ˌläk How to pronounce hemlock (audio) \

Medical Definition of hemlock

1a : any of several poisonous herbs (as a poison hemlock or a water hemlock) of the carrot family (Umbelliferae) having finely cut leaves and small white flowers
2 : a drug or lethal drink prepared from the poison hemlock — compare coniine

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